In vivo MR thermometry of frozen tissue using R2* and signal intensity

Janaka P. Wansapura, Bruce L. Daniel, Karl K. Vigen, Kim Butts

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Cryoablation is one of several minimally invasive treatments that may be suitable for a targeted treatment of prostate cancer. Because efficacy is improved when a sufficiently cold end temperature is reached, the purpose of this work was to demonstrate an image-based thermometry method that could provide temperature maps throughout the frozen tissue. In five in vivo canine prostate cryoablation experiments performed under magnetic resonance imaging guidance, two MR parameters were measured and correlated to temperature: R2* and changes in signal intensity. R2* is elevated approximately linearly as tissue temperature decreases below the freezing point, while the signal intensity decreases exponentially. In vivo temperature maps with isotherms at -5°C, -15°C, and -30°C are demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1080-1084
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cryosurgery
  • Frozen tissue
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Prostate
  • R2*
  • Signal intensity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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